Patterns for America: Modernism and the Concept of Culture

Synopsis

In recent decades, historians and social theorists have given much thought to the concept of "culture, " its origins in Western thought, and its usefulness for social analysis. In this book, Susan Hegeman focuses on the term's history in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century, She shows how, during this period, the term "culture" changed from being a technical term associated primarily with anthropology into a term of popular usage. She shows the connections between this movement of "culture" into the mainstream and the emergence of a distinctive "American culture, " with its own patterns, values, and beliefs.